Now then: Did you know Christmas was “colonialist” and “discriminatory?” Yeah, neither did I – probably because that’s utter bullshit.
The Canadian Human Rights Commission, which is funded by the federal government, said that the public celebration of major Christian festivals is rooted in religious intolerance.
“Discrimination against religious minorities in Canada is grounded in Canada’s history of colonialism,” the group said. “An obvious example is statutory holidays in Canada.”
In a report entitled “Discussion Paper on Religious Intolerance,” the group said that Christmas and Easter are the only statutory holidays linked to religion. “As a result, non-Christians may need to request special accommodations to observe their holy days and other times of the year where their religion requires them to abstain from work.”
Oh, crap. Look, these holidays, or various versions of them, existed long before Christianity. Christmas traces back to the Teutonic/Celtic winter solstice celebrations of Yule, and Easter is based on any number of spring festivals; the equivalent in the Teutonic world was known as Ostara, after Ēostre, the goddess of the dawn.
Christmas and Easter are not just religious holidays. They are also cultural holidays. A talk-radio guy I used to listen to a lot maintained that there are two Christmases, the “Jesus Christmas” and the “Santa Claus Christmas.” As a self-described non-observant Jew, he celebrated the latter; as an atheist, so do I. I also wish people “Merry Christmas,” because religion or lack of it notwithstanding, it’s the name of the holiday. Christmas and New Year’s are some of my favorite times of the year and I won’t allow sanctimonious assholes to interfere with that – and neither should anyone else.
These jackasses on the Canadian Human Rights Commission clearly have too much time on their taxpayer-funded hands.
Want to know more about the history of these holidays? I’d recommend my own favorite book on comparative religions, that being Sir James Frazer’s The Golden Bough. Thomas Bulfinch’s The Age of Fable is a good read, too; both books have a prominent spot on the religious books shelf in our library, along with several different versions of the Bible, a Qu’Ran, and a few others. And, yes, I’ve read them all. For an atheist, I’ve done a lot of reading about religion.
Merry Christmas, True Believers!